SARAJEVO: The Final Barrier, a joint project involving artists from around the world and directed by Bosnian-Herzegovinian director Jasmin Duraković (Sevdah for Karim, 2010, Depo) is in the final stages of postproduction. The project had a market screening in Cannes 2016.
The Final Barrier follows Michael, a filmmaker from Austria, who is travelling to the border of Serbia and Hungary to shoot a documentary about refugees fleeing the Middle East. In a refugee camp near the border protected by barbed wire, he meets Nur and Zhora. Nur, an educated and strong young woman, has taken Zhora, a girl who is unable to speak because of the stress she went through, under her wing. They are accompanied by Bassam, a man hiding a dangerous secret.
The original idea came from Jasmin Duraković and also from the Austrian producer and scriptwriter Robert Hofferer (Body Complete, 2012), who wrote the script in cooperation with the Serbian scriptwriter Nataša Drakulić.
Austria’s Artdeluxe is producing in coproduction with DEPO (BiH) and Croatia’s Media Acquisitions. When shooting started, only a part of funding was acquired from private backers. In time the budget raised to around 1 m EUR.
The film went into production without a long preproduction as Hofferer insisted on starting the shoot while the refugee crisis was still at its peak. Shooting lasted for about a month starting October 2015, on the route from Belgrade to the Hungarian border, which was used by a great number of refugees at the time. Shooting also took place on location in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Hungary and Austria.
Film crew comes from different European countries and actors are from Vienna, Sarajevo, Tuzla, Belgrade, Zagreb, London, as well as Hollywood. The film is in German, English, Arabic and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. The premiere is set for the months to come.
Credits:Director: Jasmin DurakovićScreenwriters: Robert Hofferer, Nataša DrakulićDoP: Mattias MielsEditor: Fadil KomaricaProduction Designer: Hari EjubovićCostume Designer: Belma ŽiškoCast: Michael Christof, Hannes Fretzer, Jelena Angelovska, Maria Serena, Irina Marković, Essam Ferris, Aida Begović, Ivo Gregurović